This was originally published online by Australian Mining on 21st November 2019.
Above Image: Rio Tinto's West Angelas mine site in WA. Credits: Christian Sprogoe Photography
Rio Tinto has awarded Monadelphous Group a major contract for fixed plant maintenance services worth more than $100 million.
The mechanical and electrical maintenance will include shutdowns and scaffolding at Rio Tinto’s iron ore operations in the Pilbara region in Western Australia.
Monadelphous will supply and install structural, mechanical, piping and electrical instrumentation works associated with the construction of new iron ore facilities at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas Deposits C and D project.
The contractor will also make modifications to the existing plant at the site.
Monadelphous' Managing Director, Rob Velletri, said gaining another contract from Rio Tinto highlighted the company’s sound reputation and capability for delivering large-scale construction projects.
“This contract allows us to build on our long-standing relationship with Rio Tinto,” Velletri said. “We have seen significant growth in our maintenance division over the last two years, with a more than 50 per cent increase in revenue.
“We look forward to continuing to partner with the communities of Karratha, Dampier, Wickham and Roebourne, providing employment, training and business opportunities in these regions.”
Monadelphous will starting work on the contract immediately and expects to finish the contract by April 2021.
This contract extends a 25-year working relationship between the two companies.
Rio Tinto also contracted Monadelphous to complete $60 million of rail maintenance services in August.
Other notable contract work Monadelphous has completed for Rio Tinto includes the Western Turner Brockman project and Cape Lambert port in 2013 and $320 million of construction and maintenance at Pilbara iron ore operations in 2012.